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VIC – The VBA reports record $32.8b building work in Victoria in 2016-17

VIC - The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). - The value of building in Victoria in the financial year 2016-17 reached a record $32.8 billion, according to the latest building permit data from the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). Read more on the VBA website.

VIC – Changes to registration requirements for domestic building work under $10,000

VIC - If you are a domestic builder or draftsperson, you now only need to be registered by the Victorian Building Authority if you want to carry out work costing more than $10,000. That means from now on, consumers only to need check if a practitioner is registered if they have a job quoted as costing over $10,000. Read more on the Victorian Building Authority website here.

QLD – The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday 22 August.

QLD - The Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Bill 2017 was introduced to Parliament on Tuesday 22 August. These matters where identified in the Queensland Building Plan discussion paper that was released for consultation earlier this year.  The Property Council along with other industry bodies have been vocal opponents of the proposal to introduce Project Bank Accounts.

NSW – In response to the Grenfell tower fires – The NSW Government’s 10 point plan will expedite a number of fire safety reforms intended to keep families safer in their homes.

NSW - Families across New South Wales will be safer in their homes with the announcement of a wide-ranging fire safety package by the state government. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the 10 point plan was Australia’s most comprehensive response to the issues around London’s Grenfell Tower fire last month. Read the full article and fact sheet here .

NSW – The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018.

NSW - The new strata building bond and inspection scheme will now commence on 1 January 2018. It was originally scheduled to commence on 1 July 2017. This means that the scheme will only apply to construction contracts signed (or where there is no contract and building work commences) from 1 January 2018. NSW Fair Trading will not require developers of new strata schemes to lodge defect bonds before 31 December 2017. Read more here.

SA – The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London.

SA - The State Government and the City of Adelaide are accelerating an audit of city buildings to identify ‘aluminium composite panel’ cladding, which is suspected to have contributed to the Grenfell Tower fire in London. The audit will be led by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), with initial findings to be reported to the Minister for Planning by the end of July 2017. The findings will confirm if further steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of these buildings. Click here to read the release.